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Vermont Will Face Georgia in NIT First Round Wednesday on ESPNU

The University of Vermont men's basketball team had to wait until the last pairing of the NIT Selection Show on Sunday evening to learn that it will face Georgia in a first round game on Wednesday (March 19).
BURLINGTON, Vt. - The University of Vermont men's basketball team had to wait until the last pairing of the NIT Selection Show on Sunday evening to learn that it will face Georgia in a first round game on Wednesday (March 19). Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPNU and can be heard on ESPN 101.3 FM (online:1013ESPN.com).

The Catamounts, who are playing in the NIT for the third time in program history, are a No. 7 seed for the third time. Vermont, which is making its sixth straight postseason appearance, stands at 22-10 overall. The Catamounts, the 2014 America East Regular Season Champions, are looking to earn their first NIT win and fourth postseason victory in program history.

UVM, which has won 18 of its last 20 games, is making its third straight trip to the postseason under third-year head coach John Becker. The Catamounts defeated Lamar in the First Four of the 2012 NCAA Tournament before falling to No. 1 North Carolina in the second round and competed in the CBI last year.

Georgia is a No. 2 seed and stands at 19-13 on the season. The Bulldogs went 12-6 in the SEC and were the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. Georgia advanced to the semifinals before falling to No. 2 Kentucky, 70-58, on Saturday.

The Bulldogs are making their second postseason appearance in five seasons under head coach Mark Fox and first NIT appearance since 2007. Georgia lost to Washington in the NCAA Tournament in 2011.

Vermont and Georgia have met just once, on Dec. 20, 1973 in Athens, Ga. The Bulldogs posted an 88-55 victory.

TICKETS
Tickets to the game are on sale and are $15. They and can be ordered online or by calling the Georgia Athletic Association ticket office 1-877-542-1231 between 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Seating will be general admission for the first round of the National Invitational Tournament.

VERMONT IN THE NIT
Vermont is making its third appearance in the NIT in program history and sixth straight postseason appearance. The Catamounts are 0-2 in the NIT, having earned a No. 7 seed both times.
2007 - at #2 Kansas State 59, #7 Vermont 57
2011 - at #2 Cleveland State 63, #7 Vermont 60

VERMONT IN THE POSTSEASON
UVM is making its sixth straight postseason appearance, 10th overall (all since 2003), and owns a 3-9 record.
2003 - NCAA Tournament First Round - #1 Arizona 80, #16 Vermont 51 - Salt Lake City, Utah
2004 - NCAA Tournament First Round - #2 Connecticut 70, #15 Vermont 53 - Buffalo, N.Y.
2005 - NCAA Tournament First Round - #13 Vermont 60, #4 Syracuse 57 (ot) - Worcester, Mass.
NCAA Tournament Second Round - #5 Michigan State 72, #13 Vermont 61 - Worcester, Mass.
2007 - NIT First Round - #2 Kansas State 59, #7 Vermont 57 - Manhattan, Kan.
2009 - CBI First Round - Vermont 76, Wisconsin-Green Bay 72 - Green Bay, Wis.
CBI Second Round - Oregon State 71, Vermont 70 (ot) - Corvallis, Ore.
2010 - NCAA Tournament First Round - #1 Syracuse 79, #16 Vermont 56 - Buffalo, N.Y.
2011 - NIT First Round - #2 Cleveland State 63, #7 Vermont 60 - Cleveland, Ohio
2012 - NCAA First Four - #16 Vermont 71, #16 Lamar 59 - Dayton, Ohio
NCAA Second Round - #1 North Carolina 77, #16 Vermont 58 - Greensboro, N.C.
2013 - CBI First Round - Santa Clara 77, Vermont 67 - Santa Clara, Calif.


Courtesy: UVM Athletics
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